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New York Times profiles Mayor Jones and the fight against poverty in RVA

10/14/2013 9:45 PM by

The New York Times profiles Mayor Jones and his move to fight poverty in Richmond:

The city Mr. Jones runs remains divided in many ways. New high-rises are going up downtown. There are plans for a minor-league baseball stadium. And trendy restaurants and bars attract young college graduates who are moving into the city’s new condominiums.

But across Interstate 95 on the city’s East End, vacant lots and boarded-up houses are commonplace. Poverty in the city, concentrated in the East End, is at 26.3 percent, compared with 15.9 percent nationally. Nearly half of Richmond’s population of 210,000 lives in poverty or is at significant risk of falling into it.

PHOTO by Jay Paul for the New York Times


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